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Batman’s origin has been told many times before, but I think it’s fair to say that it’s never been done quite like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo‘s “Zero Year.” They’re telling the story of what they call a “punk rock Batman,” a younger Bruce Wayne who returns to Gotham to challenge a city that’s already being crushed under the weight of a new kind of crime, and they’re packing everything they possibly can into it. So much, in fact, that the twelve-issue epic has been divided into three distinct arcs, and with “Secret City” ending last month, we’re talking to Snyder in a series of interviews, going in-depth to discuss what these first four issues mean for Batman, his world, and Snyder personally.
Today, after discussing the story in general terms in part one, we get into the specifics of the first arc: The villains, what they represent, the role of the Wayne Family in shaping Snyder and Capullo's take, and Bruce Wayne's development as the Batman of a new kind of city full of new kinds of fears -- and how Batman's greatest enemy is an empty, meaningless life.
Greg Capullo, Forever Evil, Batman: Arkham City and George Pérez are some of the key draws in the DC Collectibles solicitations for January, with a number of the items serving as the first chance fans have had to pick them up since they appeared as San Diego Comic-Con exclusives this past summer. New Batman, Talon, Riddler and Nightwing action figures based on Capullo's artwork are slated to roll out in April and May as part of DCC's 6.75" Designer Action Figures line. Those aren't the only 6.75" scale action figures, though, with contemporary versions of Deathstorm and Bizarro coming as part of the Forever Evil line, an Arkham City Two-Face, and an Arrow Oliver Queen/Deathstroke two-pack all set to arrive in April. On the statue front, fans will be able to pick up an 8.5" Wonder Woman statue based on Pérez's iconic take on the Amazon, plus a 10" Riddler statue based on the character's Arkham City appearance. Click through to see DCC's full solicitation info and images for January.
I'm not a Batman fan. I know that's heretical, especially here at ComicsAlliance, but we preach tolerance here and we practice it too. I'm ambivalent about Batman. I like some stories, dislike others, know enough about the character to know that I hate Christopher Nolan's version, but beyond an appreciation for the character's cultural weight and admiration for his peerless rogues gallery, I don't care enough about the character to read a lot of his comics.
DC Entertainment is kicking off year two of its We Can Be Heroes campaign with the slogan "Get something good. Do something great." The biggest philanthropic initiative in the history of DC Comics and its par
Last week, DC announced that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo would be doing an updated origin for Batman in the pages of Zero Year, starting in June's Batman #21. Considering that Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One has been the
When it was time to solicit its titles that would be on shelves next month, DC Comics announced that April would be "WTF" month. As part of the initiative, the publisher stated that each comic in April would come with a gatefold cover that, when fully revealed, would shock the reader, making it 100% WTF Certified.
Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!
This week, "Death of the Family" came to its conclusion in Batman #17, putting an exclamation point on the first big Joker story since DC's relaunch in 2011. Over the course of five issues, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo sent Batman's arch-nemesis after the Dark Knight's family of sidekicks, creating what Snyder called a "twisted love letter" from the Joker, designed to strengthen Batman by freeing him of "weaknesses" like Robin, Nightwing and even Alfred -- getting caught up in questions of secret identities and psychological scars along the way.
Now that it's all over, we spoke to Snyder about what he felt like he
DC Collectibles has a lot coming out in 2013, especially for action figure fans. We've gotten pretty extensive looks at DCC's Batman: Arkham City and Injustice: Gods Among Us lines of late, but there was still plenty of new toys to see at the DCC booth including a massive AC Solomon Grundy (with removable guts) and a nimble 3.75" IGAU Flash. On the New 52/Justice League side of things, DCC had 6" versions of Captain Cold, Black Adam, Gre
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